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Offline netminder34

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Re: benzie county.
« Reply #90 on: Feb 27, 2018, 12:13 PM »
Not sounding good for conditions to be favorable and put me on the ice this weekend as hoped.  Lots of breakup around the shore on Crystal and guys pulling shanties are having a hard time getting them off, with reports of water out deep.  Not really sure if it is open water or just sitting on top of ice but no one really seems interested in going out to check for me, lol.  Conditions seem to have deteriorated a lot faster than I was expecting.  Well guess I will be thinking really hard tonight about my planned trip, crap!  Be safe if you venture out.

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Re: benzie county.
« Reply #91 on: Feb 27, 2018, 12:22 PM »
I'm heading up right now to check it out. I'll be on big platte
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Re: benzie county.
« Reply #92 on: Feb 27, 2018, 12:26 PM »
Good luck, Stay Safe.

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Re: benzie county.
« Reply #93 on: Mar 04, 2018, 06:30 PM »
Hey fellas, any chance I could get one of you to help me out?  Heading to Crystal second week of August in our annual trip, gonna try to fish it for the first time.  I would love to exchange some pms if someone were willing.   I have a lot of good in-state fishing(mostly hard water) I'd be willing to exchange.  Most likely target perch, thanks in advance guys.  We pull our pontoon up btw and stay on what I would call the north East end by the marina. 

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Re: benzie county.
« Reply #94 on: Mar 07, 2018, 05:46 AM »
I went out Monday morning on 8" of ice on big platte. Has anybody been out on crystal lately?
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Re: benzie county.
« Reply #95 on: Mar 10, 2018, 07:01 AM »
wow! nobody??
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Re: benzie county.
« Reply #96 on: Mar 10, 2018, 06:11 PM »
Put my ice gear in the rafters.... Walleye are running and suckers are next
Catch and release, into the grease!
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Re: benzie county.
« Reply #97 on: Mar 11, 2018, 10:36 AM »
i'll be back in Benzie within a week. If I don't see anyone on crystal I will be on the peir or in river.
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Re: benzie county.
« Reply #98 on: Mar 14, 2018, 07:54 PM »
checked crystal sunday still looks good few guys out ,the gentelmen at backcast said 10" yet,when i asked why not alot of fisherman out he said guys are fishing rivers now.

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Re: benzie county.
« Reply #99 on: Mar 15, 2018, 08:00 AM »
thanks for the info .much appreciated
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Re: benzie county.
« Reply #100 on: Mar 15, 2018, 08:58 AM »
I have heard the Benzie River is hot right now, as is the Muskegon down state while fishing spawn.

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Re: benzie county.
« Reply #101 on: Mar 15, 2018, 09:17 AM »
betsie river in Benzie county
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Offline netminder34

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Re: benzie county.
« Reply #102 on: Mar 21, 2018, 11:44 AM »
There have been some good days on the Betsie this spring.  Lots of beach fishing going on also last weekend from what I understand.  Fished the South end of the Big lake last weekend myself did well on early Coho.  Going to try to make a trip home this weekend.

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Re: benzie county.
« Reply #103 on: Mar 21, 2018, 06:32 PM »
I made it out on crystal for the past 4 days. ice conditions improved every day herdmans 6-9". Beulah bay 8-11". lobb road 7-9". newer dnr launch 8-10". should be good for a few more days. landed a coho and lots of perch some smelt.
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« Reply #104 on: Mar 22, 2018, 09:02 AM »
I should be out trying smelt Saturday night.  Extended forecast looks like this might be the last weekend for decent ice.  Can only make it up for one night so far but may try to stay for Sunday night also.

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Re: benzie county.
« Reply #105 on: Mar 22, 2018, 10:31 AM »
I made it out on crystal for the past 4 days. ice conditions improved every day herdmans 6-9". Beulah bay 8-11". lobb road 7-9". newer dnr launch 8-10". should be good for a few more days. landed a coho and lots of perch some smelt.
How did you do on smelt?  I was out last Friday and ended up with 31.  Bite started late around 9:00 and slowed down by 11:00.  I measure a solid 10" on the SW side off one of the access points.

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Re: benzie county.
« Reply #106 on: Mar 23, 2018, 06:56 AM »
I don't try for smelt. I got a dozen. They are good bait.
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Offline jdgambler

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Re: benzie county.
« Reply #107 on: Jan 08, 2019, 05:40 AM »
Has the ice held up in this mild weather?
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Offline netminder34

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Re: benzie county.
« Reply #108 on: Jan 08, 2019, 12:48 PM »
What Ice?  I heard there was a small section last week forming on the east end of Crystal but that's gone with these conditions.  The Bay has been locked up, then open, then locked up, then open on about a 3 or 4 day cycle.  I have only gotten report of a few of the smaller panfish lakes that have been fishable.  I have not heard any info on your favorite lake either, I may have to check into that one.

Offline steely456

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Re: benzie county.
« Reply #109 on: Jan 08, 2019, 01:52 PM »
Is arcadia lake froze???
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Offline netminder34

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Re: benzie county.
« Reply #110 on: Jan 08, 2019, 03:19 PM »
Portage has ice but was not 100% locked up last weekend, guys were fishing around the Marina.  I have not heard anything on Arcadia and have not been by there myself but I would guess yes, at least in the basin I don't think it would be froze where there is water flow.

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Re: benzie county.
« Reply #111 on: Jan 08, 2019, 04:36 PM »
" my favorite lake"    LOL

It had people in it for a while.
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Offline netminder34

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Re: benzie county.
« Reply #112 on: Jan 08, 2019, 05:42 PM »
It was raining earlier today in Frankfort but was supposed to change to a wintery mix and maybe some snow.  The rest of the week it is forecast to be cold but still above single digits so Crystal will probably get some ice forming at the east end and the other lakes like Herring's, Betsie, and "Platte" have a good chance of building ice through the weekend I would guess.  I am thinking mid Feb and I will be spending some weekends in the area until then I am scouting some lakes around the new house.

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Re: benzie county.
« Reply #113 on: Jan 09, 2019, 06:41 AM »
Net. Pm me when you are in the  Benzie area. maybe we can share a couple hot spots.
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Re: benzie county.
« Reply #114 on: Jan 09, 2019, 03:27 PM »
Will do, most likely 3 to 4 weeks depending on Crystal's Freeze.

 



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